The New York Times–bestselling author Donald McCaig
has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and
the Civil War novels Jacob’s Ladder and Rhett Butler’s
People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind.
In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig draws on twenty-five years
of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his—and his dogs June and
Luke’s—unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in
McCaig engagingly chronicles the often grueling experience—through
rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat—of preparing and trialing Mrs. Dog, June,
"a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir," and Mr. Dog, Luke, "a
plain worker—no flash to him." Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades
spent talking with America’s most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to
As readers of McCaig’s novels will expect,
Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips.
Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him
on the long road to the Welsh trial fields. Starting with memories of his first dog, Rascal, and
their Montana roadtrip in a ’48 Dodge, McCaig leads us into his thirties, when he abandons his
New York advertising career to move to a run-down Appalachian sheep farm in the least populous
county in Virginia. This 1960s agrarian adventure ultimately brings McCaig, Luke, and June to the
Olympics of sheepdog trials. In his narration of one man’s love for his dogs, McCaig offers a
powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.
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Sheepdog trainer and novelist, poet, and essayist McCaig (Eminent Dogs) takes more than a few detours en route to describing his experiences in the World Trial, the âonly truly internationalâ competitFeb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Mr. and Mrs. Dog
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